Menopause and heart palpitations
Out of all the symptoms of menopause, heart palpitations or an elevated heart rate can feel the most frightening. Sometimes these symptoms are associated with hot flashes, although they can happen at other times too. Read on to find out more about causes, treatments, and when you should think about seeing a healthcare provider.
You are not usually aware of your heart beating but may begin to feel it in certain circumstances. Menopause heart palpitations can feel like your heart is pounding or beating faster than usual.
Palpitations can happen for a range of reasons and are often harmless. You may need to see your healthcare provider to rule out any serious causes.
See what treatments are right for you
HOW TO KEEP YOUR HEART HEALTHY
Exercise regularly and keep your weight in healthy ranges
Healthy diet – low in saturated fat and sugar, high in fiber, fruit, and vegetables.
HOW CAN YOU MINIMIZE MENOPAUSE PALPITATIONS?
1. Increase exercise. Aim for 75 minutes of intensive or 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. You may want to avoid intensive exercise if this worsens symptoms – always check with your healthcare provider before beginning a new exercise regime.
2. Get enough sleep. Set regular bed and wake times.
3. Avoid triggers. Reduce nicotine, caffeine, spicy food, and alcohol.
4. Manage your stress levels. Try mindfulness or yoga.
5. Avoid Illegal drugs. It may seem obvious but avoid them.
6. See your healthcare provider if your palpitations do not settle. They may advise further tests including a blood pressure check or blood tests for cholesterol and blood sugar.
Would hormone therapy (HT) help?
HT is not suitable for everyone. If you would like to find out more about your personal treatment options, speak to your healthcare provider.
Read more about HT risks and benefits.
PALPITATIONS AND MENOPAUSE FAQs
I’ve been really focusing on my exercise and it’s helped keep my weight under control.”